Thanks to Sony Pictures Australia, we had the chance to see Carrie before its national Australian release. This is our review of the film, but – as usual – no matter what we say, we recommend that you still go to your local cinema and see the film because there is no better critic than yourself!
Based on Stephen King‘s classic novel, the film follows shy teenage girl, Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), who is dealing with constant bullying from female classmates during her last year of school, just before prom.
Carrie is being raised by her mother, Margaret (Julianne Moore), a crazy, overprotective religious fanatic who forces her daughter to pray for any reason, even locking her in a closet filled with religious paraphernalia.
Life suddenly changes for Carrie when she finds that she is able to control things with her mind. This occurs right before Carrie accepts an invite to attend the prom (against her mother’s will), where the bullies will try to ruin her dream night.
A new remake of Carrie sounded like a bad idea at first. The original 1976 film, starring Sissy Spacek and directed by Brian de Palma, remains a horror classic to this day. The first failed remake appeared in 2002, followed by its underwhelming sequel, The Rage: Carrie 2. This time, however, director Kimberly Pierce seems to have found the right formula for reviving the classic cult film, keeping most of the events from the original film unaltered, and casting one of the most talented young actresses of our generation, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Golden Globe winner Julianne Moore in the main roles.
The film itself, as well as its predecessors, might not be scary enough for some, but still manages to keep viewers on the edge of their seats, especially during the last 30 minutes, when the iconic proms’ bloodbath begins. This sequence features gore, great effects and a creepy performance by Moretz that is both unique, yet reminiscent of Sissy Spacek‘s take in the original film. Moreover, this time we see more of the destruction around the town as described in the novel.
Carrie could be joining the list of this year’s positive cinematic surprises. It might not be the scariest film ever, but it’s certainly a loyal re-imagining of a classic that pays tribute to Stephen King‘s masterpiece in a wonderful, ‘bloody packed’ way.
Carrie opens in Australian Cinemas 28 November 2013